Jay Leno has broken his collar bone, two ribs and cracked both kneecaps in a motorcycle accident – just two months after suffering devastating burns when a steam engine exploded in his face.
The comedian, 72, was riding a vintage motorcycle in Las Vegas on January 17 when he pulled into a parking lot and was wiped out by a piece of wire that was strung across the roadway without a sign over it.
His CNBC motor show was also canceled this week – adding to a string of bad fortune for Leno.
He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: ‘Just last week, I got knocked off my motorcycle. So I’ve got a broken collarbone. I’ve got two broken ribs. I’ve got two cracked kneecaps.
‘But I’m OK! I’m OK, I’m working. I’m working this weekend.
Leno was badly hurt after crashing a vintage motorbike on January 17, just two months after suffering serious burns when an engine exploded in his face. He’s pictured in a promo photo for his CNBC series Jay Leno’s Garage – which was scrapped this week, adding to the star’s run of bad luck
Temporary skin grafts from ‘human cadaver skin’ were added to the comedian’s body after he suffered horrific burns when an engine exploded in his face on November 12
A doctor performed skin grafts on the star, removing his burnt skin and replacing it with skin from a skin bank
‘I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it.
‘So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clotheslined me and, boom, knocked me off the bike.
‘The bike kept going, and you know how that works out.’
The crash is the second serious accident for Leno in as many months – and adds to a run of bad luck that’s also seen his CNBC motor show axed. CNBC focused on his series Jay Leno’s Garage this week, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Just months after his fiery accident that left him with severe burns all over his face, CNBC reportedly canceled his series Jay Leno’s Garage
Leno, 72, had hosted Jay Leno’s Garage since 2014. It was first aired online just months after his final episode of NBC’s The Tonight Show aired in February 2014
Jay Leno’s Garage first started as a web series for NBC.com in 2014, before a special aired on CNBC in August 2014 that prompted an upgrade to full-time series (pictured with guest Charlie Sheen on the show)
Leno suffered devastating burns to his face after a vintage steam car engine he was working on exploded.
The iconic TV host and his friend Dave Killackey were working on one of his beloved vintage cars at his LA mansion on November 12 when his 1907 White Steam Car erupted into flames.
Leno credits his friend Killackey with saving his life. Killackey jumped into action and wrapped his arms around Leno, smothering the fire.
Leno was rushed to the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills Hospital in LA where he was treated for third-degree burns and spent 10 days receiving treatment.
Describing that incident in a previous interview, Leno said: ‘The fuel line was clogged so I was underneath it. It sounded clogged and I said, “Blow some air through the line,’ and so he did:”
Leno had to cancel a performance in Las Vegas after the November incident
‘And suddenly, boom, I got a face full of gas. And then the pilot light jumped and my face caught on fire.’
Shocking photos of Leno’s wounds from the explosion show his face was covered in excruciating burns – and his entire face had to be wrapped in bandages.
Dr. Peter Grossman told NBC News that Leno suffered ‘relatively serious’ burns to ‘approximately seven percent of his body,’ including his face, chest and hands.
He performed skin grafts on the star, removing his burnt skin and replacing it with skin from a skin bank. He noted that ‘much of the thickness of the skin was injured.’
Leno said his most recent crash won’t stop him from working – and he’s slated to headline a comedy show at the Encore Theater for the first time on March 31.
Jay Leno’s Garage, which he’s hosted since 2014, was canned this week.
The show – filmed at Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage in Burbank – is described as, ‘a star-studded, action-packed exploration of all things automotive.’
The seventh and final season debuted in September 2022, though neither CNBC nor Leno have commented on the cancellation yet.